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The myths people believe about homosexuality

Posted by mandyf on January 2, 2009

When it comes to homosexuality everyone with an opinion is an expert. At least it seems that way. I have always found it both odd and humorous that many of the “experts” on what gay people are, or what makes us gay are in fact straight. To be perfectly honest I have no idea under the sun why I was born lesbian and neither do any doctors to a definitive degree. Yet the answer to that and many other questions if not outright myths are floated as fact everyday through almost every imaginable venue.

Of current importance seems to be the argument of nature or nurture when it comes to determining if a person is born gay or chooses to be gay. From a personal perspective I have to say it is an inborn trait. I say this because before I ever knew what gay or straight was I knew what I liked, and I liked girls. I had no concept of this being viewed as wrong by anyone, I to this day still can’t conceive of why anyone does. From a medical standpoint brain mapping homosexual persons has shown clear and predictable variation to the hypothalmus of LGBT persons. The easiset way to dispell the myth that people choose to be gay is to ask yourself if people choose to be straight? If you have a certain sexual orientation can you just choose to change it at a whim? Furthermore as sexual identity is formed before we even have any idea what it is, can we therefore conciously choose what ours will be?

Another myth is that gay men are effeminate and and lesbians are masculine. How this myth persists is beyond me. Sure television has portrayed certain characters as over the top fitting the sterotype for entertainment value, but more often than not they are portrayed accurately. Yes there are some effeminate gay men and some butch lesbians in the LGBT community. It is also true there are some effeminate men and butch women in the straight community. it isn’t uncommon for people to view anyone too femme or butch as being queer with no foundation of proof cementing the myth in their mind.

Gay men are generally employed in careers regarded as “womens” work. Of course there are some who are, I thank god my hardresser is! For the most part though gay men choose their career path the same as anyone else, they find something they are good at and enjoy which will support them. Gay men are in every walk of employment from entertainment to the military and have been forever. Likewise lesbians are not all mechanics and carpenters holding jobs in fields viewed as male. The fact is you…..Read the rest here at: Myths about homosexuality


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